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Sticky Instant Pot Asian Ribs Recipe

by Jamie

These Instant Pot Asian ribs are so tender, juicy, and easy to make! Fall off the bone baby back ribs covered in a sweet and tangy Asian soy glaze! The best pressure cooker Asian ribs you’ll ever taste! 

Instant Pot Asian Ribs on a white plate garnished with scallions

These tender, sticky Instant Pot Asian ribs are so tender and juicy and can be made in under 1 hour thanks to the Instant Pot. It’s truly incredible what it can do! They’re juicy, fall off the bone tender, and covered in this sweet, tangy sticky soy glaze that can be made in under 10 minutes!

Instant Pot Asian ribs on a white plate garnished with scallions

I grew up in Texas and so had my fair share of ribs and this is definitely one of my top favorite ways to have ribs. Pressure cooker ribs give you this juicy, tender, meat without any of the drying out that can occur in an oven or smoker. But the best part is that it’s ready in no time. Only 25 minutes of cooking!

Instant Pot Asian ribs on a cooling rack with scallions

Brush the ribs with this unbelievable soy glaze and you’ll be addicted. This glaze was so good I had my friends asking for more to dip their ribs into. It’s only requires 5 minutes on the stove top. In fact while the ribs are cooking in the Instant Pot, you’ll have time to clean up AND make this soy glaze. Click below for the recipe:

Sweet and tangy soy glaze on a spoon

Check out the recipe for the Sweet and Tangy Sticky Soy Glaze!

These ribs are such a hit, you’ll have people asking for more so make a few racks of these in advance. They’re great as a make ahead recipe. Tightly cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate the ribs. When ready, just finish them off in the oven with the glaze. They’ll be finger licking good!

Instant Pot Asian ribs on a plate and held in hand

Tips for Sticky Instant Pot Asian Ribs:

Start with the rub and the ‘mop sauce.’ Mop sauce is traditionally used for basting meat during smoking or grilling using a small kitchen ‘mop’, hence it’s called mop sauce. It keeps the meat moist and imparts additional flavor. In this case, we’re using this as a basting liquid in the Instant Pot. The ribs will be cooked and coated with this ‘mop sauce’ while the steam pressurizes. This adds delicious garlic and ginger flavors to the ribs.dry rub in a white bowl next to an instant pot container

Coat your ribs generously with the spice rub mixture and make sure to press it in firmly so that they adhere to the meat. Use a bit more on the meaty side of the rib and save about 1/3 of the mixture for the underside.

baby back ribs covered with dry rub on foil

Add your steamer rack trivet to the Instant Pot and place your ribs curled with the meaty side facing outwards.baby back ribs placed inside an instant pot

The baby back ribs will be tender and fall off the bone after 25 minutes on high pressure. Lay them on a rack placed on top of a baking sheet and then get ready to glaze!

Instant pot baby back ribs on a cooling rack

Brush on a layer of this sweet, tangy sticky soy glaze and set them under the broiler for 4 – 6 minutes until the glaze starts to bubble and caramelize. If desired, you can brush on additional layers of this glaze and set it back under the broiler. Or you can serve the sauce on the side for dipping.Instant Pot Asian ribs on a cooling rack

This is what the ribs look like after 3 layers of glaze.Instant Pot Asian ribs on a cooling rack garnished with scallions and sesame seeds

Sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds for a delicious meal of Sticky Instant Pot Asian ribs!

a single baby back rib covered with Asian soy glaze

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Instant Pot Asian Ribs on a white plate garnished with scallions

Sticky Instant Pot Asian Ribs Recipe

These Instant Pot Asian ribs are so tender, juicy, and easy to make! Fall off the bone baby back ribs covered in a sweet and tangy Asian soy glaze! The best pressure cooker Asian ribs you’ll ever taste! 
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Korean
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 381.86kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 rack baby back pork ribs back membrane removed
  • 2 stalks scallions chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

Spice Rub

  • 1 ½ Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried parsley

Instant Pot "mop sauce"

  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 2 inch ginger sliced into large pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic smashed

Rib Sauce

Instructions

  • Remove the membrane from the back of your baby back ribs, if it's present. Take a knife and slide it under the membrane over the bone. Using a paper towel, lift out the membrane from a corner and pull it off along the length of the ribs. Pat dry.
  • Combine all ingredients for the spice rub in a bowl. Rub about ⅔ of the rub mixture on the top of the ribs. Then turn the ribs over and use the remaining ⅓ rub mixture on the other side of the ribs. Firmly pat the rub in.
  • Add the Instant Pot "mop sauce" ingredients into your Instant Pot container then add the steamer rack trivet into the pot. Place the ribs on top of the trivet with the meaty side curled facing outwards.
  • Using the manual setting, set the pressure to high for 25 minutes. Wait 10 minutes then use the quick release valve to release the pressure.
  • Preheat the oven to broil.
  • Set the ribs on top of a rack with a baking sheet placed under it.
  • Brush it with Sweet and Tangy Sticky Soy Glaze or your favorite sauce over the ribs and broil for 4 - 6 minutes until the sauce on top bubbles and caramelizes. Brush on additional layers if desired or serve the remaining glaze on the side. Watch this closely as it can easily burn. Sprinkle scallions and sesame seeds on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 381.86kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.86g | Protein: 28.75g | Fat: 24.93g | Saturated Fat: 8.48g | Cholesterol: 97.81mg | Sodium: 1053.87mg | Potassium: 517.98mg | Fiber: 2.86g | Sugar: 5.01g | Vitamin A: 1349.91IU | Vitamin C: 1.83mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2.54mg
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2 comments

Karly March 31, 2019 - 9:04 am

5 stars
Thanks for sharing! These ribs look amazing!

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Jamie
Jamie March 31, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Thanks so much Karly! I hope you get to try them. They were freaking amazing. 😀

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